On arrival in Leshan, you will head to the Giant Buddha Park and be dropped off at the boat dock.
You will take a boat ride on the river to see the Buddha from a different perspective. The whole trip will last 15-20 minutes. The boat will take you right up to the Giant Buddha. Don’t forget to take a selfie, smiling along with the Buddha.
Standing 233 feet (71 meters) tall, the Leshan Giant Buddha is carved into a cliff face over-looking the confluence of the Dadu, Qingyi, and Min Rivers. The 1,200-year-old Giant Buddha holds the record as the largest Buddha sculpture in the world. His ears stretch for 7 meters, his shoulders span 28 meters, and each of his big toes is 8.5 meters long.
Take a boat ride on the river to see the Buddha
Leshan Giant Buddha
Who Built This Giant Buddha and Why?
A Buddhist monk called Haitong conceived the project in AD 713, hoping that the Buddha would calm the swift river and protect fishermen from lethal currents.The huge project wasn’t completed until 90 years after Haitong’s death, but eventually, the story goes that just as he had once wished, the river waters calmed. Locals say it was the Grand Buddha’s calming effect.
Good to Know
Other groups, wishing to appreciate fully the Buddha’s magnitude, descend along the red sand cliff road to view the phenomenal Giant Buddha from the bottom, and climb up at the opposite side of the hill. There is always a long queue waiting to descend to the feet of the Leshan Giant Buddha.
Traffic on the staircase can come to a complete standstill for about 2-3 hours at weekends or on public holidays, especially during summer vacations. To save your precious time, we do a river cruise for a panoramic view of the Buddha, rather than trying to get a close-up look.